In which I bake another, more ambitious, MRI scanner cake...
The basic cake is made using Delia's All-in-one Sponge recipe and then things get a little crazy as I make 4 of them.
- 32 oz (880 g) self raising flour
- 8 tsp baking powder
- 32 oz (880 g) margarine
- 32 oz (880 g) caster sugar
- 16 large eggs
- 8 tbsp cocoa powder
- strawberry jam
- 2 kg ready made fondant icing
- black writing icing
- white designer icing tube
- 8 chocolate rice krispie squares
- icing sugar
I split the mixture into two batches and made 2 cakes each time.
- Add the rest of the ingredients.
- Whisk together with an electric whisk.
- Put into greased 9" round baking tins.
- Bake for 45 mins to an hour until a skewer comes out clean.
- Leave cakes to cool.
- Use jam to stick the bottom 2 cakes together.
- Cut a hole out of the two, top cakes using a pastry cutter.
- Use jam to stick these two cakes to the top.
- Use bamboo sticks to hold the cake together.
- Use designer icing to fill any gaps where the cake has fallen apart.
- Roll out two circles of icing slightly larger than the cake tin used to bake the cakes.
- Use jam to stick icing to bottom and top of cake.
- Roll out more icing and use jam to stick it to the outside of the cake.
- Make a small square of icing to use as a scanner bed.
- Use designer icing to stick together two rice krispie squares for each foot.
- Use bamboo sticks to stick feet to the bottom of the scanner.
- Put the scanner onto it's feet and decorate with your favoured scanner manufacturer's logos.
Annoyingly this did start to give way though it did make it to the BBQ in one piece. Next year I'll make a better, less collapse-y cake :)
 Delia Smith (2005). Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course. 2nd ed. London: BBC Books. 640 pages.